Once a year, giant robots from outer space come to Earth and bond with young cadets from the elite Sky Corps Academy to defend the world from the terrifying aliens known as the Sharg. It’s a great honor to be chosen, but this year…well, the wrong kid was picked. Greg Pak (Totally Awesome Hulk) and Takeshi Miyazawa (Ms. Marvel) team up for an action-packed adventure perfect for fans of Amadeus Cho and Pacific Rim!
Ever thought to yourself “This world needs more comic books featuring giant robots in them.” If you have then good news, Mech Cadet Yu is the perfect thing to satisfy your addiction (seriously though, seek help if you can’t go a day without saying “Rocket Punch” at the top of your lungs). Of course simply having giant robots in your series doesn’t automatically guarantee the book will be a huge success. There has to be heart behind it. Luckily this series has it in spades. With a single issue, there is a great set up and premise by introducing us to Yu, has him bond with a robot, and makes you wish his rival would take a long walk off a short cliff.
Writer Greg Pak introduces a very captivating story with just the first issue. It feels like a real underdog story, with Yu being a character you can’t help but want to cheer on. Much like Naruto, you want to see where he can go and what he could accomplish if he was just given the right opportunity.
Takeshi Miyazawa does all the artwork for this series and showcases moments of helping the plot along thanks to great visual storytelling. The issues don’t doesn’t specifically say Cadet Park and the General are related. Instead you see his name badge and realize he is probably her father. Little elements like this help to tell the story without needless exposition.
This really feels like a fantastic start of a great series. Yu is the kind of character you can really get behind, the world is one readers will enjoy exploring, and even without a fight against the antagonists there is enough action to get someone addicted to the story. If you haven’t taken the time to pre-order this series, follow the link above and do it now.